Small Plane Crashes Short Of The Runway

A small plane built from a kit crashed just short of the runway at the Foothills Regional Airport near Morganton.

Emergency officials say the pilot got out of the plane by himself, but complained of dizziness and was airlifted to a hospital. The pilot's name was not released after yesterday's crash. Officials did say he's 68 and from Mooresville. The F-A-A's Web site says the plane is registered to a Robert Harrison.

Officials say the plane was approaching the north end of the runway just before three p-m when it hit tree tops and fell to the ground about 200 feet short of the tarmac. Rescue crews had to hike into the crash site and clear a trail with chain saws so vehicles could drive in to bring the pilot out.